Two Sandwiches By The Singapore River
August 29, 2011 § 10 Comments
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The birthplace of Singapore is a river that, today, spans 6 kilometres east-west through the historical heart of the city. Three heritage clusters of conservation shophouses—Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Roberston Quay—flank the river and offer city-slickers a contemporary entertainment experience of nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes, and boutique retail shops. Weekend mornings are usually quieter in these parts of town, so we decided to take advantage of it despite the spattering of rain on Saturday.
We ventured to Roberston Quay (located at the tail-end of the Singapore River) for lunch at a quaint little eaterie called Kith Cafe. Our very first visit to Kith Cafe was more than two years ago—since then, this establishment has been featured in lifestyle magazines such as Monocle and has become a favourite amongst residents living nearby. With so much being said about this F&B outlet, we thought we were long overdue to pay Kith Cafe another visit and, this time, with Miss Maple in tow!
It was a busy Saturday afternoon and the tables and stools spilling out of the cubby-hole space that is Kith Cafe were all fully occupied. After 15 minutes of pacing up and down with hunger pangs serving as constant reminders that our tummies needed to be fed, we finally found ourselves available seats. MM spared no time in placing our orders, and it was quite remarkable how quickly our plates arrived shortly thereafter.
First up was a focaccia sandwich of poached eggs over crispy bacon, avocado, and tomato served with a side of tortilla chips (S$10). I’m not a very big fan of poached eggs, so MM happily stole them off this sandwich. One of the poached eggs was severely overdone, while the other turned out beautifully with the velvety yolk perfectly intact and undisturbed (until broken enthusiastically, of course). All in all, this particular sandwich seemed to have been put together a little too effortlessly. Given its price, we were expecting a little more substance. Indeed, a rare disappointment.
Next up was a multi-grain sandwich of ginger chicken on a bed of baby spinach, cucumber, and melted cheese with a side of tortilla chips (S$10). The bread was veering slightly towards the stale and dry side, although whether this was the intention is questionable. The chicken was moist and my palate detected an ever-so-subtle hint of ginger. I only wish there could have been a more generous serving of cheese, but that’s just my own biased opinion—I ♥ cheese!
Kith Cafe is a charming little nook-and-cranny with an unobstructed view of the Singapore River. If you can find yourself a spot here, bring a book and pass away the morning with a good read. And, if you’re lucky, you might just spot a replica of a ‘bum boat’ drift by.
We might forgo the sandwiches on our next visit to Kith Cafe, but that won’t stop us from trying their special barista coffees. Apparently, coffees are what this humble cafe is best known for. Miss Maple, on the other hand, is too young to learn about caffeine—in any case, just offer this tiny gal water and she is a happy camper.
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